Reviewed By: Matilda Davidson
Winner of Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards for her chilling film “The Hurt Locker”, Kathryn Bigelow is back with another frightening portrayal of the American military’s ventures in the middle east. Zero Dark Thirty is bookended by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 (employing a haunting series of soundbites from the scene) and the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Bigelow alludes to military slang in the title of the film- Zero Dark Thirty refers to an unspecified time of night close to dawn – the hours of bin Laden’s death. The beauty of this film is its commitment to telling an extremely complex story with as little bias as possible. Though many would contest to that, the film does what the American government can’t- admit that the the good guys aren’t always as good as they seem. Controversial as it may be, this film is a truthful portrayal of a world governed by lies.